Monthly Archives: August 2016

Game by Trevor Shearston

Game is a novel imagining the last months of bushranger Ben Hall. Structured around real events, Shearston’s book tries to see the man behind the legend. Throughout we are taken to imagined meetings between Hall and his son who is … Continue reading

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Baghdad Burning by Riverbend (Clashes and Churches).

I’ve now finished reading the first volume of Baghdad Burning, by Riverbend; the blog of an Iraqi woman published in book form. The blog is still available on line at Whether in book form or the blog itself, I … Continue reading

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The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

I usually like Hilary Mantel’s work, but I was disappointed by this collection of short stories. Most stories started well, showing promise with vivid evocative imagery, but stalled instead of leading to a satisfying conclusion. The writer’s emphasis seemed to be on creating … Continue reading

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My Reading Problem

  I saw the film Short Circuit during its initial cinema release; I now find I can identify with its primary character, the escaped military robot Number Five. Brought to life by (from memory) a lightning strike, Number Five had … Continue reading

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. After the reading.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children fulfilled the expectations built up by Gloria’s recommendation. I started reading it on Friday evening after work and finished it mid-Sunday afternoon. I now have to wait who knows how long for Gloria to … Continue reading

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. (prelude)

It seems like I’ll be starting this book over the weekend. I bought it a couple of weeks ago but haven’t been able to read it yet because Gloria took possession of it and wouldn’t put it down. She has … Continue reading

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